When building or maintaining a wheel, spoke tension is crucial, yet commonly overlooked. With even spoke tension, a wheel is in a state of harmony. If your spoke tension is all over the map, your is as good as a time bomb. It's more a matter of when then if you''ll have problems.
The TM-1 is an excellent beginning tool for the home mechanic on a budget. It''s easy to use, simple design gives mechanics of all skills the proper starting point in maintenance and construction of wheels.
A perfect companion product for the TM-1 is the TS-8 Home truing stand.
Includes tension guide
Lightweight aluminum construction
Easy to read numerical markings
Effortless Zeroing (1)
Getting the Job Done (6),
Quick Wheel Builds (4),
4.9 GEARS 10 reviews
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This is pretty much your only option at this price. You can get the DT Swiss but that's several hundred dollars. If you combine tuning spoke tension by ear (using relative pitch) with this tool, you get a proper spoke tension you can trust. It's very reassuring to know what tension your at, and this tool does just that. I only worry about durability, you can't just throw this tool into the parts box and expect it to last. If it gets banged up, it's probably not going to work. That's a simple solution, keep the box or get a container to store it in.
Summed up: Great tool to reassure your worries about achieving the proper spoke tension. Good price and built well.
Yes, I would recomend this to a friend.
Likes: Speed, Feel, Consistency
Works for: Getting the Job Done, Quick Wheel Builds, Repeatability
December 14, 2010
reviewed by: baumann
I think you can't beat this tensiometer in terms of what you get for the money. I wanted something that gives me the baseline on how tight the spokes are, and for this this one is good enough. Precision is not very good, especially at higher tension, but that is due to the type of design. The tool itself is very well made and easy to use.
A great tool for the wrencher with everything else. I purchased this to check PBO spokes on a set of Spinergy wheels since Spinergy specifies using this tool if/when their wheels ever need truing. Simply put this lets you know (by measuring) what you think you know about proper spoke tension.
I got this after I had already built my wheels using musical pitch to get aproximate spoke tension. This tool is easy to use and allowed me to verify that I had tensioned the spokes properly to begin with. On my next build I look forward to using this tool to check tensioning rather than straining my ears to listen for subtle pitch changes.
While there are extremely expensive spoke tension meters out there I'd still choose this one. I say this simply because it is, well, just simple. Other tension meters out there may get down to the half hair in precision, but in general I would say I can build just as good a wheel as someone who uses a fancy guage. And, with the Park TM-1 Tension Meter I can get around a wheel in less than a minute with this gauge and know that in general the spokes are where it says they are. It's so ergonomic that I almost forget I am using it while finishing the wheel builds here at the shop.